Months of training and hard work paid off for the Madison County Youth Wrestling Club. The determination and sacrifice of each wreslter helped the team win it’s first state title at the Kentucky State Wrestling Association State Championship in Division III last weekend. Madison County scored 88 points to win the title, outpacing its nearest competitor by 3.5 points.
Throughout the state, 59 teams were represented, with over 1100 wrestlers participating in the tournament. Madison County sent 15 participants to the tournament, while 49 wrestled throughout the season.
Five Madison County wrestlers reached the finals and two won state titles for the Madison County Youth wrestling club at the state tournament in Louisville on February 5.
Second grader Carson Herbst, and fifth grader, Lucas Hutchison, both of Kit Carson Elementary, each won championships in their division.
Other place winners include Runners- up Gavyn Kinley, a first grader at Glenn Marshall Elementary, Anthony “Renzo” Watts, a second grader at LaFontaine Prepatory School, Tyler Short, (third grade), and Braedan Kelley, a fourth grader at White Hall Elementary. Madison Middle School’s Sixth grade Chase Enciu, placed third and B. Michael Caudill’s Luke Foster earned a 6th place finish.
Madison County Youth Wrestling club boasts several state individual champions and place winners however, this is the first State Championship earned for the team. The club is made up of local youth from Madison County community, is currently in its ninth year. The coaches are pleased with the club’s progress. Some of that success is seen in the recent accomplishments of the middle school and high school wrestlers. Madison County will have 14 local high school wrestlers competing in the upcoming KHSAA State Championship at Alltech Arena this weekend. Of those wrestlers, eleven participated in the Madison County Youth Wrestling program.
Madison County Wrestling Club is open to all Madison County children five years old to fourteen. The season runs from October through February.
Pictured are, front row kneeling left to right: Jeffrey Kinley, Maison Lewis, Cayden Bickett, Avery Bickett, and Blake Bickett; second row left to right: Braedan Kelley, Carson Herbst, Cody Enciu, Gavyn Kinley, Jackson Smith, and Cooper Barclay; third row left to right: Mason Turner, Robert Nardelli, Miles Meeker, Luke Foster, Chase Enciu, Lucas Hutchison, Chris Begley, and Jonathan Gilbert; and coaches back row left to right, Jeff Kinley, Joey Herbst, Rick Kelley, Gene Wolf, Mircea Enciu, Matt Hutchison, and Chris Nardelli.
Not pictured are Aaron Short, Anthony "Renzo" Watts, Andrew Turner, Caolin McCartney, Dakota Martin, Dalton Dailey, Derek Jarvis, George Mateyko, Hannigan Lundergan, Jadyn Anderson, Malachi Smith, Max Murphy, Greyson, Pugmire, Jake Murphy, Justin Wilson, Kadan Ratliff, Landon Pugmire, Logan Robertson, Marcus Hutchison, Nehemiah Honaker, Nikolai Reese, Noah Kearns, Noah Shipley, Riley Coston, Rocker Rogers, Ryan Hill, ThaMarkus Burnette, Tyler Short, Zac Murphy, and Coaches Tino Velez and Jeremy Carter.